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I am wondering what download speeds I should be getting for my DSL if its status says it's connection speed is 400 mbps. Supposedly my service is 1.5 mbps, I use AT&T High Speed Internet. However speed tests say it is 1.3 mbps. The download speeds I am getting are 150-160 kilobytes per second. Are those right or should they be something different. I thought I should get download speeds of about at least 1 megabyte. Is there something I need to do to get my downloads speeds as fast as it should be, if I am suppose to have a faster download speed that is. I did some searching about this and could it be that the cables I am using to connect my internet to my PC are limiting the speed that I get and if I get a cable that can hold more speed, my download speed will be larger? Like hypothetically if I use FireWire to connect my modem, will I get 1.5mbps download speeds, if my service is suppose to be that fast. Or is my modem not right for handling a faster service. I think the modem I am using at the moment is for the basic service I had at first which gave me 150kbs download speeds. I upgraded to a faster service package (Express or something), but my download speed hadn't changed. It has been at least a year or more, but I haven't done anything about it until now.
 

JohnWill

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Forget about the connection speed, that's just what the local NIC is seeing. Your service of 1.5mbit is doing fine if you're actually measuring 1.3mbit. 1.5mbit service will typically yield about 170-180kbyte/sec downloads. I have 15mbit service, and the fastest downloads I've ever seen are 1.9mbyte/sec. I don't see anything wrong here.

If you want more detailed analysis, try this.

Register at DSLReports and run their line quality tests. Post a link to the results here.
 
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